HB891

Measure Title: RELATING TO ELECTRIC GUNS.
Report Title: Electric Guns
Description: Repeals section 134-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the current law that bans electric guns, and replaces it with a law that restricts the use, storage, transfer, and disposal of electric guns, regulates the sale of electric guns, requires training and education on electric guns, prohibits certain individuals from the possession and use of electric guns, prohibits the use of electric guns in the commission of crimes, and requires permits and registration of electric projectile guns.

HIFICO OPPOSES THIS BILL DUE TO EXTREME RESTRICTIONS BUT SUPPORTS THE OWNERSHIP OF ELECTRIC GUNS

The legislators have filled an amendment bill that has changes to the previous wording.  The changes include removing the requirement to get a permit to acquire from the police department and to register them at the police station.

The new wording can be viewed here https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2021/bills/HB891_HD2_PROPOSED_.HTM

  • This bill would severely hamper the publics’ ability to own and use a taser for self-defense by requiring a permit to acquire.
  • Training would be costly and be difficult to get for sellers, resulting in no one selling them.
  • There is currently NO training program available. 
  • The Hawaii Criminal Justice data center is not set up or funded to provide individuals with background checks.
  • Storage requirements have already been declared unconstitutional. 
  • It prevents the gifting of tasers to a loved one or friend.
  • No other person can possess your electric gun.  IE your spouse cannot use your electric gun for self-defense.
  • The registration system would be burdensome to stores and retailers.
  • Bill prevents online purchases.
  • No other state has these requirements.
  • Cheaper and/or easier to purchase a firearm.
  • Items are not serialized.

DUE TO CHANGES MADE BY THE HOUSE, TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE STATE PAGE.
To do so please visit. https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=891&year=2021

IF YOU WOULD LIEK TO SUBMIT ORAL/VIDEO TESTIMONY FOR THIS BILL, YOU MUST USE THE STATE PAGE TO DO SO.
You must be available on  Wednesday, March 3, 2021 @ 2pm. You must have access to Zoom.
HERE ARE THE HOUSE GUIDELINES ON DOING SO https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/docs/RemoteTestimonyHouseGuidelines.pdf